part II – introduction: women’s talk

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The English language itself acts as a barrier to an expression of women’s equality but so too are we restricted in the way we talk. Becoming aware of the extent to which we are constrained and silenced by our customary language use is a real eye-opener for women.

Lets start with what we know about women’s talk.

9. that’s a good idea Ms Jones WE WILL WAIT UNTIL A MAN THINKS OF IT

This is the manuscript blog; Best read in sequence so start with 1 and work your way through. Enjoy! Every woman has had the experience of being involved in a mixed sex group discussion and volunteering information, an idea or a solution, only to have it go completely unnoticed. It’s as if she hasn’t spoken. […]

8. no names of our own

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When it comes to women being wrong, religion has a lot to answer for – above and beyond the embedded imagery that goes with Adam (who actually ATE the apple but was exonerated) and Eve, the temptress who ‘made him do it’. (A fundamental scapegoating pattern in the English language.)